How to Jump Start a Car

Jumpstarting Car by Dion Hinchcliffe 

A dead car battery is never fun and could leave you stranded in a parking lot or on the side of the road. While it's a hassle no driver wants to deal with, there's no sure way to know when your battery will die. Fortunately, giving it a quick jump will allow you to get where you're going and allow you to replace it. Here at Shults Auto Group, we know the easiest way to jump start a car to get you back on the road in no time. Check out the steps below put together by our service team.


 1. Park the vehicles one to two feet apart so the hoods are facing one another. Vehicles equipped with manual transmissions should be set in neutral.

2. Set the parking brakes, just in case. Make sure the cars are completely off as well.

3. Open the hood of both cars and locate the battery terminals.

4. Attach the positive clamp (red) of the jumper cables to the positive terminal of the dead battery.

5. Attach the other positive clamp to the working vehicle's positive terminal.

6. Connect the negative clamp (black) to the working vehicle's negative terminal.

7. Attach the other negative clamp to an unpainted metal part of the car, like a post or part of the engine block.

8. Start the vehicle with a functional battery and wait a few minutes.

9. Once time has passed, start the car with the dead battery.

10. If it starts, allow the car to run for a couple minutes and then disconnect the jumper cables in the opposite order they were connected.


If you follow these steps, you should be set and able to get home to replace that dying battery.